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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Moving Through Group Projects

If you are anything like me, you are less than excited when you hear the words "group project" coming from your professor's mouth. Professors will tell you that in design you will be working in teams for the rest of your life. They are correct. It's important to organize your group time outside of class and make sure no one gets stuck with too much of the work. Jokes aside...


I have definitely been through some group projects in the past that have tilted toward the right side. Here are some tips that will get you through your group project in the best way possible:

1) Establish a Leader - Group projects are tough when someone doesn't step up and lead. If no one steps up, do it yourself. Even if you are someone who doesn't usually take the lead in a project, do it. You will thank yourself later.

2) Assign roles early - If the project allows, divvy up the work as soon as the project is assigned. If you are the group leader, facilitate splitting up the work.

3) Plan and establish a schedule - Make a document on Google Drive, a group on Facebook, or some other form of digital document to create a schedule for your project and the individual deadlines. If you and your group members need to meet out of class- plan meeting dates and locations ASAP. If you can't get the entire group together, shoot for as many as possible and have members who cannot make it work on another aspect of the project.

4) Communicate with your professor - If someone isn't doing their fair share of the work or isn't responding to your teams emails/communication ask for advice from your professor so your team isn't disadvantaged.

Follow these guidelines and your next group project will be better than that pie graph makes them out to be!

Sean M.
Graphic Design